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Gift Ideas for Your Car-Loving Valentine

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to get your car-loving Valentine a gift he/she will love.  Need some ideas?  We have some:

Exotic Car Racing Experience. Make your Valentine’s heart really race with this gift! Click on the link to find one in a city near you. 

Road Trip Book. Inspire your Valentine with this book, or a similar one, to plan the ultimate road trip. 

Coffee Table Book – Bring the fun inside with a visual coffee table book like this one.

Scale Model – One is never too old for a die cast model of his/her favorite car! Your Valentine can proudly display on a shelf. 

T3 Vehicle Tracking Device You know your Valentine loves his/her car. So protect it with the 911Tracker T3 Security System. The T3 can be discreetly and easily installed in his/her car and will send an alert in the case of unauthorized movement or an emergency. 

T3 Tech Tip: T3 can send the car owner a text that shows his/her vehicle’s location, speed, and direction any time. 

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Road Trip Resolutions

Did you make a new year’s resolution to take more road trips this year? Whether you are looking for warmer weather, scenic views, amusement parks or wildlife discovery, here are three to start with now:

The Big Bend: Named after a large bend in the Rio Grande River, this park is located in west Texas and borders Mexico, covering over 800,000acres. Winter is a good time to set up camp if you are not a fan of the brutally high temps that come with summer. The weather varies in winter though, while it can be mild, subfreezing temperatures can also occur – so be prepared! While you’re there take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, the most interesting of the paved sightseeing routes in Big Bend National Park, “giving the greatest variety of habitats, geology and a variety of interesting short walks and interpretive pull overs,” according to visitbigbend.com Plan here: https://visitbigbend.com/category/bb-national-park/

The Florida Keys: Want to get away from the arctic chill? Just keep driving south onto the Overseas Highway. The trip should take close to four hours from Miami to Key West. Take in the beautiful views as you cross over the Seven Mile Bridge that connects the Middle Keys and Lower Keys, and if you want to get out of the car for a bit, take a walk along the Old Seven Mile Bridge, where there is plenty of wildlife to spot.  When you get to your destination, learn to sail, snorkel, and try some key lime pie. And if you’re a cat lover, you’ll want to visit the Hemingway House of Cats.  For ideas on where to stop along the way, visit: https://travel.usnews.com/features/the-ultimate-florida-keys-road-trip

Southern California: Want to make everyone happy on your road trip? This one is loaded with everything from amusement parks to discovering the desert, to national parks, so everyone will be able to check something off their list. Create your detailed itinerary using suggestions found here: www.visitcalifornia.com/trip/ultimate-southern-california

For some road trip tips check out http://911tracker-blog.com/road-trip-tips/.

TECH TIP:  When the T3 is in temporary Master Mode, T3 automatically sends text notification if vehicle ignition is either on or off but the vehicle starts moving.

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Newer Cars Are Safer Cars

As the years pass, we noticed how much technology has made an amazing impact on the world around us. From hands free devices to back up cameras technology has helped to make our everyday commute safer. According to the NHTSA “The average vehicle on the road in 2012 would have an estimated 56% lower fatality risk for its occupants than the average vehicle on the road in the late 1950s. NHTSA estimates that vehicle safety developments helped raise the annual number of lives saved from 115 in 1960 to 27,621 in 2012. Cumulatively, these improved safety technologies saved over 600,000 lives between 1960 and 2012.” This means technology has SAVED LIVES!

However, with new technology comes higher prices but not for long! In August 2019, the average price of a new passenger vehicle was about $37,000 but the “NHTSA is working to keep regulations reasonable so cars, trucks and SUVs — with the latest safety features — are more affordable and families can be safer on the roads. We are committed to letting consumers choose the vehicle that best meets their needs while keeping them safe. ” Check out more about technology will impact you next vehicle purchase – https://www.nhtsa.gov/newer-cars-are-safer-cars

Tech Tip – If your T3 notifies you with an alarm message and you want to alert 911 of the emergency but when you call the T3 you just get ringing but no answer, the T3 is temporarily out of the cell coverage area.  Just send T3 a text YourPIN call.  The cell carrier system automatically keeps trying to deliver the message.  As soon as the vehicle is driven back into a cell coverage area, T3 will receive the message and will call your phone back so you can press # to make the 3-way call to 911.

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Drive Sober this Holiday

This holiday season the NHTSA is partnering with law enforcement to spread the messages: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and If You Feel Different, You Drive Different — Drive High Get a DUI. The campaign runs from December 11, 2019 through January 1, 2020. NHTSA and local law enforcement will be out educating people about the dangers and consequences of driving drunk and high, and that law enforcement will be stepping up patrols to get impaired drivers off the roads.

According to NHTSA, “Last year, there were 10,511 people killed nationwide in drunk driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third of the yearly driving fatalities. The tragedy of these deaths is felt year-round, but for many, most strongly during the holidays.” It is important to be prepared this holiday.

1. Think ahead! If you have holiday parities on the calendar make sure to figure out how to get home safely once the celebration ends. Explore options like a designated driver, public transportation, Uber, and Lyft.

2. Make sure your family and friends are safe. If you see a loved one impaired take away their keys and encourage them to join you in using public transportation or help them make arrangements to get home safely .

3. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement immediately. Doing so could save the life of the driver, passenger, and others on the road.

Stay safe this holiday season!

Tech Tip – If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know if they are parked and the ignition is turned off, just ask T3 to send you status. The return message will tell you if ignition is ON or OFF.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/drunk-driving/drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over-holidays

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SAFE Vehicles Rule Will Put More Americans In Newer, Safer Cars and Trucks

Did you hear that last year the NHTSA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency together proposed the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule?! This proposal is said to help establish new fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator, Heidi King, “Today, automakers are struggling to meet the existing standards. EPA’s latest ‘Trends Report’ showed that despite record fuel economy gains, all but three of the thirteen major automakers failed to meet their performance targets for the 2017 model year.” The NHTSA says “The SAFE Vehicles Rule encourages innovation and allows automakers the flexibility to respond to consumers’ needs.“

Learn more about what this new rule could mean for you by visiting https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/nhtsa-deputy-administrator-king-congress-safe-vehicles-rule-will-put-more-americans

Tech Tip: If your car has been sitting for many days, T3 will automatically send you a low-battery notification when the car battery gets down to 11.0V.

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Keeping Older Drivers Safe

Keeping your loved ones safe is so important. Whether they are your parents, grandparents, or neighbors they mean the world to you. With Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (December 3–7) upon us here are some helpful tips on how to keep these important people safe while driving.

1. Consider the Health and Medical Conditions of the Driver – Problems with eyesight, sleep, tremors, or memory can make driving more dangerous. Make sure to ask yourself or a loved one the following question: Can you remember the routes you frequently drive? Do traffic signs and signals, or other motorists make you feel overwhelmed while driving? Have you recently received a ticket or citation for a driving violation, or been in a minor crash?

2. Consider Adapted Vehicles – Vehicles can be easily adapted to meet the need of your older driver. It can be as simple as adding a swivel seat or pedal extender.

3. Use Drive Assistance Technologies – Using cars that have automatic vehicle braking, backup cameras and blind-spot detectors help to minimize the risk of an accident. Another assistive technology to have installed is the T3. This device can help keep track of a cars location, assist in a crash, unlock the car door, and give the status of the car’s battery.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/older-drivers/keeping-our-older-drivers-safe-road

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Winter Driving

Winter is here and the roads are slick. Make sure you’re prepared for snowy weather ahead by following these winter safety tips!

1. Get Your Car Serviced – Make sure your car is in tip-top shape and ready to handle all kinds of weather.

2. Know Your Car – Familiarize yourself with your car’s safety manual. Get to know the different features of your car, especially ones that can help on wet and icy roads.

3. Stock Your Vehicle – Also be prepared for “the worst case scenario”. Pack things like a snow shovel, kitty litter, and blankets.

4. Stay Safe While Driving – Stay alert and monitor things like the gas tank. For long trips make sure to schedule driving breaks to get food, return text messages/calls and take time to stretch. Avoid risky behaviors like distracted driving and texting.

Learn more winter driving tips here – https://www.nhtsa.gov/winter-driving-tips

Tech Tip: If you are concerned that your car battery is getting low while the car has been sitting for several days, just ask T3 to send you status. The T3 return message tells the voltage. If the voltage is less than 11.5V, the battery is getting low enough that the car needs to be started soon.

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Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s a time to enjoy a day filled with friends, family, delicious food, and football. It’s also a time the roads will be extra busy as everyone rushes around to get to their destinations. According to the NHTSA, “Our roads are particularly dangerous around Thanksgiving. During the holiday weekend in 2016 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, November 28), there were 341 people killed in traffic across the country. About half of those who died weren’t wearing seat belts.”

NHTSA reported “Most often, younger people and men are failing to buckle up. Among 13- to 15-year-olds killed in crashes in 2016, 62 percent weren’t wearing seat belts. Similarly, 59 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds killed in crashes were also not wearing seat belts. That same year slightly more than half of men killed in crashes were unbelted, compared with 40 percent of women.” Buckling your seat belt increases your chance of surviving a crash so please remember to buckle up this holiday season.

Tech Tip – If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know if they are parked and the ignition is turned off, just ask T3 to send you status. The return message will tell you if ignition is ON or OFF.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/seat-belts/thanksgiving-travel-starts-buckling

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Time to Check for Vehicle Recalls

Daylight Saving is a great reminder to check some items off your to-do list. Weather it is to change the batteries in the smoke detector, schedule your yearly checkup, or catch up on sleep, it’s important to add checking your car’s recalls to the list.

According to the NHTSA “In 2018, there were over 900 recalls affecting over 33.5 million vehicles in the United States. Every vehicle recall is serious. Yet only about 75% of vehicles recalled in a given year are ever fixed.”

It’s important to make sure you and your passengers are safe. To help, check your car’s recalls! To find out about your car’s recalls visit NHTSA.gov/Recalls and enter your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN).

T3 Tech-Tip –If you are parking your vehicle at the airport, put the T3 in Master Mode and then when you return, put back into Auto Mode .  T3 will notify you if the vehicle is moved more than 2-3 blocks even if it is “hot wired”, taken by use of a duplicate key, or is towed.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/fall-back-safety-mind

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T3 Fall Specials

Our T3 Vehicle Security System is a great product to have, immediately notifying you if your car has an emergency or when there is an unauthorized movement. 

We are offering two Fall Specials this season:

Our T3-SS3 Vehicle Security System special includes the T3 Tracker AND a 3-month Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA. The normal price of this product is $289 but with this fall special it is only $199!

The T3-SS12 T3 Vehicle Security System special includes the T3 Tracker AND a one-year Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA. The normal price of this is $432 but this fall special is only $299.

Don’t miss out on these amazing deals visit our website https://www.911tracker.com/products  to find out more information on our Fall Specials!

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Car Maintenance Tips for Winter

It’s getting colder and winter is right around the corner. It’s important to make sure your car is ready for the possible snowy and slipper weather. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you get prepared.

Antifreeze

Antifreeze in most newer cars are designed to last up to 5 years or 150K miles but older cars might not be so lucky. Older cars might need a “flush-and-fill” to ensure the engine components don’t freeze up. 

Battery

Cold weather can take a toll on a car’s battery. If you’re already experiencing trouble with your car battery it might be worth getting a new one before winter hits.

Tire Pressure

Cold winter temperatures cause your tire pressure to decrease and warmer temperatures can cause the pressure to increase, so make sure you check your tire pressure and that it meets your manufacturer’s specifications.

Wiper Blades

Winter weather means icy windshields and salt covered cars. Don’t forget to change your washer fluid to one that can handle the colder temperatures. It’s also important to replace any worn wiper blades to ensure you can get all that dirt off you windshield. Most importantly, make sure to get your ice scraper out of your trunk or closet and in a place you can easily get too!

And don’t forget to install your T3!

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The Perks of Having the T3 While Traveling

Life gets busy. Between traveling for work, dropping your son or daughter off at college, or taking a mini vacation to get away from it all, the last thing you want to do is worry about your car. Be worry free by installing the T3. The T3 offers amazing features to allow you to check-in. Here are just some examples to help put your mind at ease:

  • If you are parking your vehicle at the airport, put the T3 in master mode and then put back into guard mode when you return. T3 will notify you if the vehicle is moved more than 2-3 blocks even if it is “hot wired”, taken by use of a duplicate key, or is towed.
  • If you are concerned that your car battery is getting low while the car has been sitting for several days, just ask T3 to send you status. The T3 return message tells the voltage. If the voltage is less than 11.5V, the battery is getting low enough that the car needs to be started soon.
  • If your car has been sitting for many days, T3 will automatically send you a low-battery notification when the car battery gets down to 11.0V.
  • If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know if they are parked and the ignition is turned off, just ask T3 to send you status. The return message will tell you if ignition is ON or OFF.
  • If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know when the vehicle starts moving again, just ask T3 to go into master mode. When the vehicle moves more than 2-3 blocks, T3 will send you a moving notification.
  • If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know their location but they have driven into a remote area that is not within range of a cell tower, just ask T3 for its current gps location. The cell carrier system automatically keeps trying to deliver the message. As soon as the vehicle is driven back into a cell coverage area, T3 will receive the message and respond with the current location.

Learn more by visiting our Product Introduction page

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Plan a National Park Road Trip this Fall

Thinking about taking a road trip to visit a national park this fall? It’s a great time of the year to go, with temperatures beginning to drop, crowds starting to thin, and all of the beautiful changing colors. Here are three parks to keep in mind:

Acadia National Park, ME. It may not be beach weather, but you’ll want to visit Sand Beach known for its beautiful views and shell fragments; Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the North Atlantic Sea Board; and Schoodic Peninsula is the only section of the park that is located on the mainland of Maine. For more information visit: https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm

Grand Teton National Park, WY. The Grand Teton National Park offers amazing views of the Oxbow Bend. Take time and explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place. You will be sure to fall in love with the wildlife, beautiful fall colors, and smaller crowds. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm

Yellowstone National Park, ID, MT, WY. You can’t visit without a trip to Old Faithful, known to erupt about every hour and a half; the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a favorite hiking spot; the Grand Prismatic Spring at Geyser Basin is the largest hot spring in the U.S., Gibbon Falls is wondrous, and the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is a great place to learn about wildlife. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

For some road trip tips check out http://911tracker-blog.com/road-trip-tips/.

TECH TIP: An authorized emergency contact can call the T3 and the T3 will answer their call. The contact can have T3 make the 3-party call to 911 to explain the emergency.

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Fall is here! Is your car ready?

Fall is just about here. Is your car ready? Here are some must-have accessories to keep on hand this season.

Bluetooth tracking tag. The last thing you want to worry about is where you placed your keys. You’ll always be able to find them with a key finder such as this.

Emergency kit. Unfortunately emergencies happen. It’s always best to be prepared. Throw a kit like this in your trunk, and you’ll be able to handle most situations that arise.

Trash cans. Fall means kids sports…which means carpools…which means messy cars. Keep all those snack wrappers in one place with a car trashcan such as this.

Windshield washer fluid. As the temperatures drop, you’ll want to replace your windshield washer fluid with one suited for colder weather.

The 911Tracker T3: Car theft happens in every season, so protect your car with the T3 Vehicle Security System is different because you are in charge. T3 follows the instructions that you text from your phone. T3 alerts you immediately if your car, truck, motorcycle, or RV has an emergency or unauthorized movement. You call the T3 to connect a 3-way call to the 911-Operator located closest to your vehicle – even if you are thousands of miles away. You are talking directly to police within seconds of the emergency. No call center is used – saving you time and money.For more information and to purchase your T3system visit our website.

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College Car Safety Tips

It’s that time of the year – students are heading back to college!  If your college student is taking a car with him/her to campus, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Park in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Have your cell phone readily available when walking back from the parking lot in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure your windows are up and your car doors are locked.
  • Keep your valuables hidden, as well as any personal information/identification such as mail or bills.
  • Keep your car keys in a secure spot in your dorm room and have them out and ready when walking to your car.
  • Follow your campus’ traffic rules.
  • Always be alert and focused while driving. There are many pedestrians and bicyclists on campus, some who are not always paying attention.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Never text and drive.

To give yourself some peace of mind while your child is away at school, install a T3 from 911Tracker.  If your child’s vehicle is stolen, moves without authorization, or is involved in an accident, the T3 will notify your child and you (as the emergency contact), and can connect  you directly to the 911 operator located nearest the vehicle. Not only will the T3 protect your child’s car from theft, but you can keep track of the vehicle without being intrusive. You have the ability check the location of your child’s vehicle at any time by sending a text message to the T3.  The T3 will respond with a text showing GPS speed, direction, and location.

T3 Tech Tip: The T3 will automatically notify the owner if the vehicle battery is getting low.

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Welcome Back to School

School is officially back in session making your morning commute a little more congested. To ensure safety for you, your young ones, and new student drivers, it is important to be reminded about driving safety.

According to NHTSA “The greatest risk to a child isn’t riding a bus, but approaching or leaving one.” NHTSA offers some tips to remind young drivers how to remain safe this school year. These tips include:

  • The car shouldn’t move until everyone is buckled up.
  • Follow the speed limit.
  • Stay focused.
    • Remember that the phone stays down when you’re driving. Make it a habit to put your phone in the glove compartment or other inaccessible location, to reduce temptation to check notifications or texts.
    • Reduce distraction by limiting the number of additional passengers. If you do have others in the car with you, keep your eyes and your mind on the road.

Another great way to ensure your teen is safe is to install the T3 Vehicle Security System. The T3 gives you the capability to check the location of your vehicle at anytime and receive alerts if your car has an emergency or unauthorized movement.

Check out more safety tips by visiting https://www.nhtsa.gov/back-school-safety

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Teen Driving – Safety

As a parent, you spend a ton of time teaching your children how to be safe. You make sure they are protected and free from danger. Then, all of a sudden, they have their driver’s license and keeping them safe just got a little harder. Making sure they are prepared is the number one way to keep them out of harm’s way. Here are a few tips the NHTSA suggests to help keep your new driver safe.

1. Talk to your teen about the rules and responsibilities involved in driving. Share some stories and statistics related to teen drivers and distracted driving. Remind your teen often that driving is a skill that requires the driver’s full attention. Texts and phone calls can wait until arriving at his or her destination.

2. Familiarize yourself with your State’s graduated driver licensing law, and enforce its guidelines for your teen. Check to see what your State’s laws are on distracted driving; many States have novice driver provisions in their distracted driving laws. Create your own rules if necessary. Restricting the number of passengers your teen can have, or the hours your teen can drive, is a very effective way to minimize distraction for your teen driver. Talk about the consequences of distracted driving and make yourself and your teen aware of your State’s penalties for talking or texting on a phone while driving.

3. Set consequences for distracted driving. If your teen breaks a distraction rule you’ve set, consider suspending your teen’s driving privileges, further limiting the hours during which they can drive, or limiting the places where they can drive. Parents could also consider limiting a teen’s access to their cell phone—a punishment that in today’s world could be seen by teens as a serious consequence.

4. Set the example by keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel while driving. Be consistent between the message you tell your teen and your own driving behaviors. Novice teen drivers most often learn from watching their parents.

Another great way to ensure your teen is safe is to install the T3 Vehicle Security System. The T3 gives you the capability to check the location of your vehicle at anytime and receive alerts if your car has an emergency or unauthorized movement

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving

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Vehicle Theft Prevention – Protect Your Vehicle Today

According to the NHTSA, “a motor vehicle is stolen every 40.9 seconds in the United States”. Protecting your car, and the belongings inside, can be difficult. The NHTSA report “there are numerous anti-theft systems and devices designed to make vehicles more difficult to steal or easier to trace and recover.” Some of these devices include:

1. Audible and Visible Devices: These devices, such as a horn alarm, deter theft by bringing attention to an unauthorized attempt to steal or enter a vehicle. Visible devices create a visual threat/warning/deterrence, such as the use of steering-wheel locks, as well as theft-deterrent decals, flashing lights, and window etching.

2. Immobilizing-Type Devices: These prevent thieves from bypassing a vehicle’s ignition system and hot-wiring the vehicle. Some incorporate computer chips in ignition keys or disable the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine.

3. Vehicle Recovery Systems: These devices use electronic transmission technology that help law enforcement reveal the location of stolen vehicles—and possibly catch the thief in the act.

Looking for a device that can help? Check out the T3 Vehicle Security System. With the T3 you can check the location of your vehicle anytime by sending a text message, have the ability to unlock the car door, receive vehicle alarm, disable the starter, and so much more!

Article – http://bit.ly/VechicleTheftPreventionNHTSA